Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

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Journalism Job Fair Brings New Partnership and Career Opportunities to Georgetown

Georgetown Hosts Inaugural Event at New Downtown Campus

student speaking to recruiting company at job fair

MPS Journalism student Capricia Alston talks to a recruiter from NBC4 Washington during the D.C. Journalism Job Fair. (Credit: Stephanie Melson)

On April 12, 2014, the Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program teamed up with several local professional journalism organizations to host the D.C. Journalism Job Fair at Georgetown’s downtown campus.

Partnering for Success

To organize the event, Georgetown’s Journalism program partnered with the D.C. chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ).

“The Washington, D.C., Job Fair would not have happened without the help of Georgetown University and its beautiful new facility in downtown D.C.,” said Brandon Benavides, NAHJ's D.C. Chapter President. “Our job fair proves how partnering with other journalism groups and universities benefits our members, job seekers, students, and recruiters.”

The event aimed not only to promote career development and networking opportunities for students, alumni, and members of the local and professional organizations, but also to strengthen the relationships between Georgetown’s Journalism program and journalism groups throughout the D.C. area and beyond.

Embracing Diversity in D.C.’s Journalism Community

Open to Georgetown students and alumni, members of the hosting organizations, and the public, the job fair drew a crowd of more than 200 attendees. These individuals embodied D.C.’s vibrant and diverse culture, boasting a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and talent. The local and national media outlets represented an equally varied group that spanned the full realm of journalism and media platforms and specialties. Recruiting companies included:

  • ABC7/News Channel 8
  • Atlantic Media
  • Knight Foundation
  • McClatchy
  • NAHJ
  • NBC4
  • NPR
  • Politico
  • Telemundo
  • UPI
  • USA Today
  • Vox Media
  • The Washington Post
  • ZGS Communications

Creating Opportunities for the Next Generation of Journalists

Lauded as a success by attendees and recruiters alike, the job fair set the stage for future career development offerings from the Journalism program and future partnerships within the journalism community.

“The D.C. Journalism Job Fair exceeded my expectations! I was able to inquire not only about jobs and internships, but also journalism organizations that I had interest in but a lack of time to look into,” said Journalism student Capricia Alston (G’14). “I couldn't be more proud of our program for hosting such a successful and informative event.”

Following the event, a recent Journalism alumna received a job, and many other attendees lined up formal interviews. The Journalism program plans to hold the job fair as an annual event and will meet in the fall to begin preparations for 2015.

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